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post #1 of 11 Old 04-20-2010, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Doesn't jump - trot over....

So... I tried to jump Jemma (my qh, 14'3 height) other day. The problem is she manages to TROT over anything up to 1 foot high (so far I don't want to go higher). I still don't quite get how she does it with her height and short legs, but she obviously figured it out. Is it something quite ordinary for the beginner?
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Depends on the horse - some of the youngsters that were started at the farm where I used to board/work overjumped everything, gound poles, ditches, regular jumps... didn't matter.

Other horses had a "this is easy and I don't care" attitude and put in what seems like minimal effort, even though they're young - they get the hang of actually jumping with time though.

How old is she? Are you trotting up or cantering, then she breaks into the trot?

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my horse trots over them to! She's trotted over stuff that I'm stunned she doesn't have to jump it. But if we canter them then she jumps, maybe try that?
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So... I tried to jump Jemma (my qh, 14'3 height) other day. The problem is she manages to TROT over anything up to 1 foot high (so far I don't want to go higher). I still don't quite get how she does it with her height and short legs, but she obviously figured it out. Is it something quite ordinary for the beginner?
One foot is nothing to a horse. I can't think of many I know that would jump over something that small, unless they've never jumped before in their life or it looks like a snake or something. My horse is no bigger than yours and will trot over jumps up to 2'3".

Is your horse an experienced jumper? Are you? Why don't you want to go up to at least 18"?

You could try a crossrail. The higher ends of each crossrail might encourage her to jump it, at least at first. Also, as someone else said, cantering might help, but if your girl is really on the lazy end of the spectrum, even with that she'll stop jumping once she realizes she doesn't need to.
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All, thanks for sharing your thoughts! She's turning 6 this month and she never was jumped before. I go to the jump from trot, and we just go right through - no even attempt of jumping - nice steady trot over it. She does not knock it down either (it's not a cross rails, but a real one). I agree 1 foot is not that high, but she's short and with short legs, so I'm just surprised. My paint who is taller and longer legged jumps over though. I think I'll try to canter and see if she'll jump then.

Oh, I wouldn't say she's on lazy side, but on laid back and "OK, OK" type of attitude. :)

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All, thanks for sharing your thoughts! She's turning 6 this month and she never was jumped before. I go to the jump from trot, and we just go right through - no even attempt of jumping - nice steady trot over it. She does not knock it down either (it's not a cross rails, but a real one). I agree 1 foot is not that high, but she's short and with short legs, so I'm just surprised. My paint who is taller and longer legged jumps over though. I think I'll try to canter and see if she'll jump then.
my horse used to trot right through a jump, except if it was solid, and for some reason she always knew when they were solid. But then I got her to start trotting over them, and now she jumps.

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my horse used to trot right through a jump, except if it was solid, and for some reason she always knew when they were solid. But then I got her to start trotting over them, and now she jumps.
Ha-ha! Will see how it goes. It was 1st time for her anyway, so hopefully practice will help.
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I don't know if it's necessarily good or not for him to choose to trot the jumps, but you could seriously capitalize in it by doing exercises over cavalitti to strengthen his topline and overall muscling. He sounds like he would enjoy doing stuff like that.

You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.
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I don't know if it's necessarily good or not for him to choose to trot the jumps, but you could seriously capitalize in it by doing exercises over cavalitti to strengthen his topline and overall muscling. He sounds like he would enjoy doing stuff like that.
I actually do ground poles for over year so may be that was part of problem. :)

Update: I jumped both of them again (for the 2nd time), and it was much better this time. Looks like she figured out what I'm asking and now jumps (still from trot). Another problem though after she jumps, trots away a little and she thinks she's done and goes to walk. Will be working on that.
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Lol yeah, I'd definitely make sure she keeps on going after the jumps. It's just a bad habit for them to walk when they feel like they should be done.

Good luck with her though! I'm sure she'll get the hang of everything!

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